Interferon Gamma-1b (Injection)
Interferon Gamma-1b (in-ter-FEER-on GAM-ma-1b)
Treats infections caused by chronic granulomatous disease. Also slows the progression of severe osteopetrosis.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
- You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You may have fewer side effects (headache, fever, or muscle aches) if you give yourself the shot just before bedtime. Ask your doctor if you can take acetaminophen to prevent or relieve side effects.
- You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
- Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
- Do not shake the bottle.
- The medicine should be clear. Do not use the medicine if it is cloudy or hazy.
- Missed dose: Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose. Never use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Do not use any vial that has been left out of the refrigerator for more than 12 hours. Throw it away.
- Each vial is for single use only. Throw away the vial and any medicine left in it after you inject the shot.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart failure or heart rhythm problems, low blood cell counts or bone marrow depression, or seizures or other nervous system problems.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
- Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Dizziness, confusion, trouble walking
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Headache, tiredness
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Redness, bruising, swelling, or a lump where the shot was given
- Skin rash
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 12/4/2015
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